Workers of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) are still aghast at the recent mass transfer of staff by the management of the agency.
But a unionist and senior staff of the agency has posited that the development ought not to be a surprise to the workers because they were informed about it last year.
He reasoned that the redeployment might not have been carried out in bad faith, but could be part of measures by the agency to ensure its set objective were realised.
“They told us that there would be redeployment. I think the present Managing Director wants to have young and capable people at critical areas. The Managing Director thinks that the younger, the better; rather than the people who have had their schedules for so long.”
When asked to comment on the position of the aviation unions, the official said that the unions were yet to take a position on that policy, but observed that the unions were not fully aware about the redeployment.
“But no matter what you do people will still insinuate bias, but if you ask me, they want to inject new blood in some areas,” the officer insists.
President of the Air Transport Service Senior Staff Association (ATSSSAN), Benjamin Okewu also told THISDAY that the union had not taken any decision on the mass transfer.
“We are still waiting. We have not made any categorical statement. I will have a meeting with the FAAN branch soon.”
But the General Manager, Corporate Corporation of the agency, Yakubu Dati said the redeployment of staff was an on-going exercise for efficiency and improved productivity.
“FAAN has the onerous mandate of managing 22 airports across the country and every employee has the responsibility to offer such services without discrimination. Management took the decision to ensure that round pegs are placed in round holes. This on-going exercise will also enhance uniformity of operations,” Dati said.